Dealing with Motion Sickness When You Travel

If you or someone in your family suffers from motion sickness, then you have an extra element to prepare for when you think about traveling. Not everyone experiences motion sickness the same and it may not happen every time. For example, some people get motion sick on a cruise ship but not while they are in a car. Others may get queasy when they are on a train but not on an airplane.


Common symptoms of motion sickness include sweating, nausea, dizziness, saliva in the mouth that is more than usual, and vomiting. Most people know when it is coming on and do all they can to minimize the effects. Many women many suffer from motion sickness when they are pregnant due to the changes taking place in their bodies. Children are also quite susceptible to it as well.


There are plenty of things you can do on your own to help prevent the effects of motion sickness from occurring. Many adults find they don’t suffer from motion sickness if they drive the car. This is because the sensors in their brain view the scenery flashing by differently when they are in the driver’s seat. This is why so many get sick when they travel by train. If you are susceptible to motion sickness as a passenger in a car avoid a window seat on a train. You also want to avoid those seats that face backward.


Children should avoid trying to play games or read books in a moving vehicle if they suffer from motion sickness. They should also ride in the middle seat to offer them a view out the front of the vehicle instead of from their peripheral vision on the side windows. Offer them light snacks before travel such as crackers and water. Avoid having them travel on an empty stomach or after eating a large meal.


For those that still suffer from motion sickness, an over-the-counter or prescription medication may be required for successful holiday travel to take place. Make sure you carefully follow the instructions of such medications. Don’t exceed the recommended dose. If it says to take it with food or water, then make sure you do so. Some of them require consumption during a specific period prior to your departure so pay attention to this important detail.


Even so, no method or medication is 100% foolproof when it comes to motion sickness. Some people experience it only once in a while and others deal with it all the time. Try to get to some fresh air if possible. If you are on an airplane turn on the air above you and take slow, deep breaths. You will find bags offered in case you do end up having to vomit. You can also try to make your way to the bathroom where you will have more privacy.


While it may be embarrassing you need to understand you aren’t the only one that has problems with motion sickness. You may want to carry extra clothing with you for those in your party who do suffer from motion sickness, especially children who may end up vomiting on their clothing.


Don’t let your travel plans be stopped due to your fear of suffering from motion sickness. Do all you can to subside the symptoms on your own. If that isn’t effective, then try various over-the-counter products. As a last resort ask your doctor for a prescription medication to help ensure you can get through the travel process so you can enjoy your trip. If you find certain types of transportation are more difficult for you than others, you should avoid them if possible.


With a little preparation, you can enjoy your trip even if you suffer from motion sickness. If you need help planning your next adventure, contact me and I will be glad to help.